Internships are not just for college students. Whether it's that final resume-building gig you are looking for to impress future employers, or an internship to win over college admissions decision makers, there are resources to help you find that next opportunity.
Before you start your search, do a personal inventory of what you want. Think about whether your internship has to be close to home, or if you are willing to broaden your search and work abroad. Is your dream to work for your local newspaper or as a marine ecology intern in Costa Rica?
Here are a few things to consider before sending out your resume:
- Have you used keywords central to your industry? (E.g. engineering, finance, business, marketing, law, biotech, education, computer science/technology, design)
- Are you appealing to companies that interest you?
- What location are you looking for?
- What type of employer do you want? (Non-profit, for profit, government)
- Compensation: are you willing to work for free, or do you need to be paid?
Now that you have an idea of the direction you want to take, use these online resources for both high school and college students to find the ideal internship:
Internships.com – This site allows you to search for jobs by keyword, industry and region. It also features an Internship Predictor app, with an online assessment that can help direct you to a particular career path. You can also utilize the site's career navigator tool and resume resources.
InternJobs.com – Part of the AboutJobs.com network of sites, this resource features internship job searches by keyword and region on an international level, as well as a blog, tools and tips, articles and advice and an eNewsletter.
InternWeb.com – This site features search capability for internships and seasonal summer jobs, along with articles featuring resume writing tips and social media feeds with new job listings.
InternshipPrograms.com– Search by job, company or region and set up a candidate account so future employers can find you.
Going to job portal sites is a great start, but you should also try going directly to the source. If there is a company you have dreamed of working for, check their website for job postings aimed specifically at students. One example is Google, which has dedicated part of its site to student jobs here.
When you land the internship of your dreams, make sure you add value. Find a way to make an impact and be memorable for the contribution you make to the organization. While you are making new business connections on the job, don't forget to keep those connections alive once you leave by asking to keep in touch. Graduation may be months or years away, but the contacts made at your internship could open doors in the future.
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